Series: "Wild flowers of Crete"
Gladiolus italicus is a species of gladiolus known by the common names Italian gladiolus, field gladiolus, and common sword-lily.
This is the hyacinth of antiquity, one of the most beautiful wild flowers in the Greek landscape. It is probably native to much of Eurasia and is a common weed, particularly of cultivated fields, olive groves and waste places. This perennial flower grows an erect stem approaching a meter in maximum height with a few long leaves around its base. Toward the top half of the generally unbranching stem is an ear-like spike inflorescence on which flowers appear at intervals. Each plant has up to 10 flowers. The flower is bright pink to magenta and several centimeters long with its stamens and style protruding from the throat.
Image: Tympaki (Crete) - 07/04/2010
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